Campaign seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

Dec 24, 2014

Campaign seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

Using marijuana in Colorado is legal. But the drug remains illegal federally and therefore is a disqualifier for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The so-called “Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights” wants to put a question on the November 2016 ballot ...

Dec 23, 2014

Arizona set to change combination of drugs used in executions

Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to death. The state will no longer use the combination of midazolam, a sedative, ...

Dec 21, 2014

Crime in New York drops

Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: Low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as ...

Dec 18, 2014

Survey finds teens trending toward e-cigarettes

More U.S. teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government’s annual drug use survey. Researchers were surprised at how many 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year, even as regular smoking by teens dropped to new ...

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

Dec 16, 2014

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

It has been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana, the once shunned intoxicant that is steadily gaining ground as a legal high in parts of the world. In 2014, Uruguay may have been the only country to fully legalize pot, but growing number ...

Dec 14, 2014

Jumblatt in joint statement: legalize hash in Lebanon

Lebanon’s controversial and outspoken Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, called in a “joint statement” Saturday for the cultivation of marijuana to be legalized. “It’s time to allow hash to be grown and to overturn arrest warrants against people sought for doing so,” the veteran politician ...

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

Dec 9, 2014

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine. Shishe means “glass” ...